Former employee defrauded charity with petrol card

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A FORMER employee of Autism Jersey defrauded the charity by using a petrol card belonging to the organisation despite no longer working there.

The Magistrate's Court

Alexander Stephen Bealey was fined £500 and ordered to pay compensation of £240 after pleading guilty to five charges of spending a total of just over £230 on the Rubis charge card.

The 30-year-old, of Rue du Pont, St Ouen, used the card at three different garages from 14 to 30 March, the Magistrate's Court heard.

Advocate Sarah Dale, defending Bealey, said her client used to work for Autism Jersey and at that time had been allowed to use the petrol card.

However, when he left the charity at the end of December last year he did not return the card.

Advocate Dale said that Bealey intended to pay the money back to the charity. She added that it was an error of judgment and that her client was remorseful. She also said it was likely that Bealey would lose his current employment because of the offences.

In sentencing, Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris said that the offence was a breach of trust which was compounded by the fact that the victim was a charity.

However, he said that he could deal with the case by way of a fine, as the defendant had no previous record and had entered a guilty plea at his first appearance.

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